Brian P. Smith
Hometown: Gunnison, CO,
I am a NY native. I moved to Gunnison in 1994 to attend Western State College. Initially I was a distance runner for Western in cross-country but found cycling to be less injurious. I raced 4 seasons as an expert MTB rider starting in 1995, then moved on to semi-pro in 2000 and pro/elite by 2001. In 2005 I was 5th at the NORBA national finals in Durango. In 2004 I started entering XTERRA triathlon races (olympic distance off-road). I placed 3rd at the World Championships in 2007 and was XTERRA Winter World Champion in 2008/2009. In 2007, I found winter triathlon to be my calling, winning 2 national championships and being named to 5 World Championship teams by 2011. I found another late calling in 2010 with ski mountaineer racing or randonee. I have since joined Team Crested Butte and compete in the COSMIC series events in Colorado. I am a 3X Champion of the Grand Traverse as well as a 2X Ultimate mountain challenge Champion at the 2012/13 Vail Winter Games.
Pre-race/Post-race foods: I like steel cut oats especially McCann’s Irish oats. I add peanut butter, raisins, honey and banana. Great long term energy with no stomach issues. When I have a good result I like to treat myself to a nice medium-rare burger and a top shelf micro-brew. There’s no better way to cap off a good day!
Bike of Choice: I have been a full suspension rider for many years and have adopted a riding style to riding rear suspension. That being said, I have really enjoyed the 29er hardtail platform. The last two seasons I had some good success aboard the Breezer Cloud 9 carbon 29er hardtail. For 2013 I am going back to full suspension with 29 wheels. I will be riding a custom Specialized S-Works Epic 29er with SRAM XX1 and Stan’s No-Tubes Wheels with Maxxis rubber.
Race of Choice: Full Growler, 64 miles of high desert single track in my backyard!
Favorite Doctor: Griggs of course! Wait a minute, was that a trick question?
Favorite Mexican Dish: Smothered Chimichanga with fishbowl margarita/salt!
What has cycling meant to me?: Cycling has become a passion for exploration and adventure for me. It is a sense of freedom and purpose that is sustainable and extremely rewarding. My wife and I have both been runners who turned to cycling due to injury and have not looked back since!
What can I do?: I like to hang out after events and talk with other riders. I enjoying giving advice, clinics, leading group rides and even loaning my bike out for a test ride. I like to be able to share my love for cycling with others so the sport may complete others as it has myself.
Dr. Griggs has taught me: My pectoral-is muscle is not indestructible I need to be patient and smart with racing as a veteran.
Dave Weins is one of my favorite role models. He has produced amazing results as an athlete on the mountain bike, raises 3 boys and is the driving force of Gunnison Trails. Dave has given back so much to the cycling community here in the Gunnison Valley. I am in awe of his energy and passion for cycling.
2013 Race Schedule
XTERRA West Championships Las Vegas
Mesa Verde ( except my wife’s due date is the same day)
Growler, Gunnison, CO
Vail Teva Games
Fat Tire 40 Crested Butte, CO
Firecracker 50, Brechenridge CO
Beaver Creek XTERRA Mountain Championships
Leadville 100, Leadville CO
Fall Classic , Breckenridge CO
XTERRA National Championships
CB Classic 100, Crested Butte, CO